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  1. Yes, You Should Always Wash New Clothes Before You Wear Them

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    That bright new dress or crisp white button-down shirt looks so perfect right off the rack, it’s safe to put it on as soon as you leave the store, right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Studies have shown that new clothes are actually dirtier than they look, and you absolutely need to run them through the washing machine at least once before wearing them.

     

    New York University microbiology professor Philip Tierno conducted studies in which he tested clothing from popular chain stores – including blouses, pants, dresses, swimsuit and underwear – that was tried on and put back. In his research, he found clothing that contained norovirus, bacteria including strep and staph, and even fecal germs. Tierno told the Huffington Post there are three main ways we spread germs: from our skin, respiratory tree (think mouth and nose) and anus. If you touch clothing that has germs on it (after all, you have no idea how many people have tried it on before you!) and then touch your mouth, eyes or nose, you’re putting yourself at risk.

     

    Another study conducted by Dr. Donald Belsito of Columbia University Medical Center and cited in the Wall Street Journal found scabies, lice or fungus on garments. What’s more, clothes are sometimes processed with detergents, chemical additives, dyes, resins, or tanning agents – like formaldehyde for wrinkle-free material – that can cause skin irritation or severe reactions such as dermatitis or eczema. And clothes that are bought online and shipped are typically kept with some preservatives so that mold won’t grow on them during the shipping process.

     

    While this news may be daunting, the good news is washing your clothes before wearing them can help remove these potentially harmful germs and chemicals, and washing and drying will also remove unwanted bugs like lice from clothing.

    Here are some tips for keeping your new clothes looking new:

    • Always read the label carefully so you don’t accidentally shrink or damage the garment! Be sure to read the instructions on your laundry detergent, too. If you use too much, the rinse cycle may not get all the residue out of your clothing.
    • Wash in cold water, as hot water wears out fabrics more quickly. Even if a garment says wash in hot water, washing in cold won’t hurt it and will still get it just as clean.
    • Protect the outside of the garment by simply turning it inside out before you toss it in the washing machine – especially clothes with embellishments, beading or embroidery.
    • Don’t use bleach, as it can wear out the fibers of your clothing. You may want to try vinegar, as it’s a natural brightener.
    • Use the lowest heat setting on your dryer and remove promptly to avoid shrinkage or color fading in new clothes.

     

    Although Tierno does admit that the risk of a person actually getting a significant infection or disease from new clothes is “very low,” it is possible – especially if you happen to have an uncovered cut or scrape on your skin. We’re guessing that’s probably enough to convince you to never skip a wash again.

  2. How often should I wash this?

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    If you’ve been putting off doing laundry, those sheets, jeans, jackets and other washables could be harboring a lot more than some funky smells. Not only can dirty linens grow mold, mildew, and bacteria, but they provide a wonderful environment for dust mites to grow and multiply – the most common year-round trigger of allergies. A survey by Coyuchi of 1,000 Americans revealed only 44 percentage of respondents washed their sheets within suggested frequency guidelines of every 1-2 weeks. Some of the most important items to keep clean are often overlooked on a busy laundry day. Keeping your clothes and linens clean is your first line of defense to illness, and hey, let’s be honest, it keeps you smelling a whole lot fresher.

     

    As your partner in cleanliness, WASH has assembled a quick reference to help you keep clean while avoiding over-washing your favorite items. Of course, in the event of heavy soiling or illness in the household, your mileage may vary.

     

    Sheets – Once a week is optimal, especially if you sweat in your sleep. Once every two weeks at most. Use high heat if you’re battling a virus.

     

    Pajamas – Suggestions range from every wear to at most four wears. If you shower before bed, you can expect a few wears, otherwise they get dirty quite quick.

     

    Jacket/Blazer – Five or six wears is possible between washes, spot treat as needed.

     

    Bath Towels – These are absolute breeding grounds for bacteria. Assuming the towel is hung to dry after use, you should still wash every 3 to 4 uses.

     

    Hand Towels – Due to the nature of a hand towel, they generally see a lot of use. Change these germ-havens out for washing every two or three days.

     

    Sweaters – Wool and synthetic blends can afford 5 wears before needing a wash. Cotton needs a bit more attention, after 2-3 wears. Of course, if you’re not wearing an undershirt with your sweater, it’s going to need to be washed after each wear.

     

    Bras – Unless you sweat excessively, every three to four wears is ample. Overwashing can damage the elasticity necessary for proper support.

     

    Underwear – This one shouldn’t need stating, but underwear should be washed after every one-day use.

     

    Leggings/Yoga Pant – These gym-wear turned comfort clothes don’t have quite the lifetime between washes that many assume they do. If you’re actually exercising in them, they need a wash every wear. Otherwise, you can get away with 2-3 wears.

     

    Pillows – Wash these twice a year. Four times a year if you’re prone to drooling.

     

    Jeans – A subject of much discussion, jeans get re-worn a LOT. The truth is, they should be washed at least every 4 wears. Think about the (lack of) cleanliness of every surface you sit on.

     

    Bath Mat – A very commonly overlooked item, bath mats are prone to mildew and mold buildup. Wash every one or two weeks to keep clean, and hang over the edge of the tub after use to prolong freshness.

     

    Pillow Cases – Once a week, an encouraging factor to keep those sheets cleaned weekly too!

     

    Blankets/Comforters – If you sleep with a top sheet, you can wait to do blankets twice a year. If not, launder every two months, especially during colder periods.

     

    Heavy Coats – Most heavy coats need to be cleaned once or twice per season. Check the label for special care instructions before washing, just to be safe.

     

    T-Shirts – Generally speaking, t-shirts should be washed after each wear. These daily-wear items collect more than enough sweat, dirt, and dead skin cells to warrant a cleaning.

     

    Dress Shirts – Due to their ‘outerwear’ nature, dress shirts can be afforded 2-3 wears before washing unless you’re prone to heavy sweating.

  3. Mobile Pay Saves Time and Money

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    Residents appreciate the convenience of mobile pay for laundry, but they also love the savings. Did you know that WASH offers a series of discount campaigns and in-app offers to increase mobile adoption and fuel laundry room usage?

     

    First Wash Free – a free trial offer

    Accelerated Firsts – new users get 75-percent off wash or dry, twice

    Monthly Promotions – engaging current users with 50-percent off wash or dry, two times each month.

     

    We can even help you spread the word to your residents with a variety of promotional materials.

     

    Bottom line: With mature mobile pay locations, laundry room revenue is increasing and residents love the convenience and discounts. But, the benefits of mobile pay don’t stop there!

     

    • Security removes cash from property and no personal credit-card data or numbers are stored
    • Less service calls due to a reduction in coin jams and overfilling machines
    • Easy refunds by crediting the resident’s account with a push of a button or coupon code
    • No additional cost — the app is free to use

     

    Mobile payment is just one example of how WASH is transforming the customer experience with tech-forward solutions and innovations.

  4. Mobile Payment: Not Just a Convenience

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    As the popularity of mobile payments grows, many people note the nearly instant transactions and effortless nature of this payment method. WASH has taken notice too. Of course, the convenience and speed of transaction are helpful regardless of where mobile payment is used, but with the absence of a need for quarters or yet another plastic card, it’s a natural upgrade for laundry rooms. However, the real value provided to consumers exists in the extensive security layers employed in this technology. As it turns out, not only do mobile payment methods offer unparalleled convenience, but when WASH is partnered with PayRange, they’re also the pinnacle of payment security.

     

    Utilizing this technology in your PayRange-enabled laundry room is as easy as downloading an app to your phone. After downloading the free PayRange app, a user is prompted to add funds or link an existing digital wallet to their PayRange account to use on an as-needed basis. Users can add funds through Apple Pay, Android Pay, or Masterpass, or assign a debit or credit card to their account. PayRange can even handle swift refunds, if needed. Payment as a digital transaction increases accountability and offers a level of security that cash and card just can’t compete with.

     

    Rest assured, PayRange developed its solution with security as the #1 priority. The card number is never processed, stored, or transmitted through its servers. PayRange is one of the most secure cashless payment solutions. Here’s why:

    • Because PayRange and WASH do not have the card number in the first place, it’s never at risk of compromise.
    • There is a firewall between the card and machine, providing additional confidence.
    • The consumer’s card number is never exposed to the machine or WASH or the property owner, which eliminates the risk of being compromised from the machine, via a card skimmer or malware.
    • The PayRange app offers fingerprint authentication for phones that support the feature, preventing unauthorized use of your account.

     

    Your data is also encrypted every step of the way, ensuring complete protection during your transaction. In fact, all of the infrastructure partners are PCI- and ISO8000-compliant. That may sound like tech jargon, but it’s serious security. To be PCI (or Payment Card Industry) compliant means adhering to a Data Security Standard set by a council representing all major card providers—a standard that’s the basis for safe card transaction across the industry. ISO8000 is a standard set to ensure that data transmitted is “quality” and handled properly between partners. These standards are the cornerstones of payment data accountability and security in a digital age.

     

    Your physical credit card is also being protected: Preloading funds into a digital wallet removes the need to travel to the laundry room with your physical wallet. No need to carry cash when a simple swipe up on your phone will do the trick! Limiting the cash in the laundry room enhances security, by lessening the threat of break-ins, theft, and vandalism, which guarantees you and other residents a safer laundry experience.

     

    As they offer a slew of benefits over traditional payment methods, it’s no wonder that mobile payment solutions are forecast to become the preferred payment method by 2020. If your WASH common-area laundry is outfitted with PayRange, we invite you to try this convenient and safe new way to do laundry! Search for PayRange in the App Store or Google Play Store, download, add funds and you’re ready to go!

  5. Laundry Pods: Proper Use Provides a Proper Clean

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    Laundry Pods — these versatile, all-in-one laundry products have found their way into nearly every laundry room in the country. When used properly, pods have the potential to provide superior cleaning in a tiny package. However, as with any innovation, there initially is always some confusion surrounding proper use.

     

    Don’t put it in the detergent slot!

    While it may seem counterintuitive, laundry pods are designed to be placed in the drum with your laundry, before your laundry and never in the detergent slot. The pods are designed to dissolve in water, so be sure to handle them with dry hands. Just toss it in before your clothes for a top-load machine, or in the back of a front-load machine, and you’re good to go — cold or hot water!

     

    “I had to use more because there weren’t enough suds!”

    A common mistake users make when switching to laundry pods is that they overcompensate for the lack of sudsy water with additional laundry pods. Stop! Unless you’re doing a load of 20 pounds or more (which is well beyond what fits in a standard washer), or are experiencing very heavy soiling on your clothing, a single pod will do the trick.

     

    Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need suds to clean laundry. In fact, too many suds can cause soiling to be redeposited onto clothing. Laundry pods are often a low-suds detergent, so don’t panic if you don’t notice the usual sea of suds.

     

    Big convenience in a tiny package

    If you’re like most folks, the less you have to carry down to the laundry room, the better. That’s when the small size and impressive cleaning power of laundry pods truly shine. As an added perk, laundry pods also include a stain fighter and brightener, saving the user from carrying a jug (or two or three) down to the laundry room. Convenience, superior clean and speed all in one package!

     

    Hey… this isn’t candy!

    Some critics have noted laundry pods come in what could be confused for a candy jar, with the pods themselves passing for alluring candies. While pod manufacturers have taken steps to reduce how visually enticing their product is and changed to childproof packaging, the concern for accidental consumption still exists.

     

    Of course, we’re talking about detergent here — the same kind of detergent you would call poison control for if someone consumed it. Thus, it is important to treat laundry pods as you would any household cleaning chemical. Keep it out of the reach of children and educate your children on the dangers of such cleaning chemicals.

     

    And please, don’t eat the laundry pods.

     

    For more helpful laundry tips, visit www.washlaundry.com/residents.

  6. PayRange: A Secure Mobile Payment Option

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    As an apartment owner or manager, you want to provide your residents with the most convenient options for making payments. However, you also want to ensure your payment options are simple, rewarding, and most importantly, secure. Here are four important things to know about PayRange – WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems’ mobile payment option:

     

    1. Your residents’ bank or credit card information is never sent to the laundry machine or stored in the app. In fact, the card number is never communicated to PayRange, the machine you’re making payment to, or the merchant employing the technology — removing the risk of data being compromised from the source.

    2. Account management is safeguarded. Residents manage their account through the PayRange app by simply preloading funds in $5 or more increments. PayRange accepts all major credit or debit cards, and popular digital wallets like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Masterpass can be linked to their account with a tap of a button – adding an extra layer of security. These safeguards help protect PayRange users from malware and ransomware attacks, as well as circumventing physical fraud threats like card-skimmers.
    3. Refunds, if needed, are handled easily within the app. In the event that an error occurs during the purchase or transaction, the PayRange system issues a digital refund or credit through the app – eliminating the need for the property manager to issue cash or coin refunds. Looking for more reasons to eliminate cash from your laundry room? Property managers report a significant reduction in break-ins and vandalism once cash is removed from the equation.
    4. PayRange operates an industry-leading security infrastructure. The systems and processes managed by PayRange are designed to comply with global data security standards, including those set by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) to protect payment systems from breaches and theft of cardholder data. Additionally, a firewall exists between the machine and card to provide an additional layer of security and peace of mind. To further ensure customers’ information is protected, each step of the payment process is securely encrypted.

     

    With many experts attesting that mobile payment methods are becoming even more secure than carrying physical cards and cash, you can feel safe and confident offering this option to your residents. To learn more about adding the PayRange payment option to your multifamily laundry room, visit www.washlaundry.com/mobilepay. If you’re ready to remove cash from your laundry room, contact us at 800-421-6897.

  7. Laundry Payment Goes Cash Free

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    As the momentum of smartphone technology permeates into our everyday lives, novel uses for the little computers we keep in our pockets continue coming to all corners of the business world. The once-scarce luxury has become a modern commodity, with 77 percent of adults in the U.S. owning a smartphone as of 2018. Reflective of this widespread adoption of smartphones comes the rise of mobile payment, in stores, coffee shops, and now even in your laundry room. This revolutionary technology, utilizing the user’s smartphone, can make payments simple, secure and rewarding.

     

    Odds are, you’ve already seen different ways to pay with your phone or have experienced it yourself. With a simple swipe up on a phone screen, funds are digitally deducted and checkout is completely effortless. The purchasing experience has essentially been reinvented without the inefficiencies. No more rooting around for coins, no more inserting a chip. This effortless payment is reminiscent more of an online transaction — hassle free and one that inspires total confidence. Now, this revolutionary IoT tech is being brought to everyday expenditures, namely your laundry room.

     

    When people take their load of laundry to a laundry room, they usually think of quarters. Often, this meant searching for quarters or having to acquire a roll of quarters. We’ve all been there. The need for coins becomes a barrier to the payment rather than a gateway. That’s why WASH is excited to offer mobile payment powered by PayRange. By simply installing a small Bluetooth device to your machines, residents can easily download the app, add funds to their wallet and complete the transaction. Coin free and completely convenient. In fact, when polled for their thoughts, a majority of users cited convenience as the stand-out difference that mobile payment could offer them. By removing the need for coins or yet another plastic card, there’s one less thing to potentially forget or to lose. One less obstacle toward completing the transaction.

     

    Mobile payment convenience doesn’t end with ease of use, either. Consumers cited the speed of their transaction with mobile options as being just as much of a driving force as usability. The truth is, with the introduction of EMV-chipped credit cards, the use of a physical bank card has become a slow, non-intuitive process: an inconvenience in what was once a convenience-driven platform. The rise of mobile payment is bringing this convenience formerly associated with traditional credit/debit payment methods into the 21st century, into your laundry room and into the palm your residents’ hands. This convenient and highly valued amenity can be brought into your laundry room for free, and we’ll even promote the service to your residents. Polling has shown that quality, cutting-edge amenities can help retain residents, and streamlining those amenities can only serve to sweeten the deal. Keep your residents satisfied and attract new tenants by pairing PayRange’s mobile technology with WASH’s award-winning service!

     

    Inquire today at www.washlaundry.com/mobilepay to have your laundry room transported into the 21st century!

  8. Bringing Mobile Pay to the Laundry Room

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    Have change for a $20? We didn’t think so.

     

    With the rise of convenient payment options, cash is no longer the preferred way to pay for everyday expenses. Today, consumers are swiping their debit cards to buy groceries and scanning their phones for an afternoon latte. Many stores now provide coupons and incentives that can be scanned straight from a mobile app.

     

    Thanks to mobile payment technology, many consumers choose to walk around with no cash in their wallets and expect to make purchases just about anywhere – including the laundry room. Through a new partnership with PayRange, a leading in-app mobile payment service, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems now offers a mobile payment solution that allows residents to pay for laundry through an app. And no quarters are required!

     

    Adding the convenience of mobile payment to your laundry rooms is a great way to foster loyalty, improve resident satisfaction and increase revenue. With WASH managing your laundry room, adding the technology to your equipment is easier than you may think. Here are three things to know:

     

    1. Installation is easy. WASH will install the PayRange BluKey™ on your existing washers and dryers, which will allow residents to connect to the machines via the PayRange mobile app using Bluetooth technology.
    2. Payment is safe. Payment information is never sent or stored by PayRange or WASH, which makes in-app payments the safest way to pay a machine. Once the app is downloaded, residents add funds using a debit or credit card, or if they prefer, using a wallet they can choose from Apple Pay, Android Pay or Masterpass. Also, refunds are handled easily within the app.
    3. Residents are happy. The PayRange app, available within the App Store and Google Play, has great reviews – with over 19,500 ratings in the App store and an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars. One user comments: “Finally! I no longer need to make sure I get enough change from the bank to do laundry. This app is awesome – it works quickly and accurately with no problems at all… makes laundry a whole lot easier.”

     

    Other benefits of mobile pay:

    • Less service call management due to a reduction in coin jams and overfilling machines
    • Easier refunding by crediting the resident’s account with a push of a button or coupon code
    • Laundry discounts and special promotions
    • No additional cost to your residents for using the service

     

    If you’re interested in upgrading your WASH common-area laundry room to mobile pay technology, visit www.washlaundry.com/mobilepay.

  9. You Don’t Need Hot Water to Get Clothes Clean

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    You Don’t Need Hot Water to Get Clothes Clean

     

    When it comes to how you wash your clothes, you probably learned growing up that laundry should be sorted by color and washed at different temperatures. But according to experts from Consumer Reports, the traditional rules of laundry have changed.

     

    Washing machine energy efficiency has improved dramatically over the past decade, and ENERGY STAR- rated washers are designed to minimize the need for hot water. In addition, detergents are now formulated differently, allowing them to be more effective at cooler temperatures. Just what does this mean for you?

     

    Cold water does the trick

     

    According to Consumer Reports, for regular cycles you no longer have to use hot water to get clothes clean. Even though newer machines use less water, they are much better at cleaning than machines made 15 years ago or longer. By using the cold cycle instead of hot or warm, you’re helping the environment by saving energy.

     

    Even if you’re trying to remove a stain, cold water is still a better option as detergents actually become less effective once the water temperature reaches above 75 degrees. This means a hot-water cycle can actually help stains set into clothing, and may damage fabrics and colors. If your clothes are heavily soiled, a better alternative is to select the “Heavy Soil” option for longer washing times and multiple rinses. For brighter colors, try cold water with a bleach alternative. An added bonus – cold water reduces wrinkling and can make your clothes last longer, as heat breaks down dyes in clothes and can cause shrinkage.

     

    Of course, there are still some uses for a hot-water cycle as cold water doesn’t sanitize fabric. When a family member is sick and potentially contagious, it’s recommended to soak bed linens and towels in hot water mixed with chlorine bleach to reduce bacteria. The same goes for cleaning dirty cloth diapers.

     

    As an ENERGY STAR partner, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems is committed to conservation. That’s why we outfit our laundry rooms with high-efficiency machines that are specially designed to get clothes clean with cold water and reduce water usage. It is estimated that if you replaced 20 conventional commercial washers with ENERGY STAR qualified units, each year you could save approximately 69,496 thousand gallons of water.

  10. 5 Ways a Laundry Room Management Service Can Help Your Multifamily Property

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    Whether you’re new to rental property management or simply looking for ways to improve your apartment’s services, you’ll need to make some important decisions about your laundry facilities. A well-managed laundry room in a multifamily complex can be one of the most effective ways to attract and retain residents – but should you handle the logistics yourself or hire a laundry management service?

     

    To help you make your decision, consider these five ways a laundry room management service can help your rental property:

    1. It can save you money.
      It’s a common misperception that owning laundry equipment and managing it yourself is more profitable working with an outside service. More often than not, the financial benefits of purchasing machines are far less than one might expect when you take into account the cost of replacements, repairs and ongoing maintenance. By contracting with an outside company to provide laundry room equipment and professionally manage laundry operations, property owners can benefit from deep discounts that these vendors are able to negotiate with leading manufacturers in purchasing machines. Furthermore, some vendors offer a vend-price analysis to help optimize laundry room use and profitability.
    2. It will eliminate the hassle of service and maintenance.
      Keeping a laundry room in tip-top shape is a tough task – there’s coin collection (or electronic payment processing), the cost and hassle of machine maintenance, and repairs, cleaning, handling resident complaints, shopping for liability insurance, and more. But despite the work, having a clean and convenient laundry room attracts and retains renters and equates to more money for the multifamily property. Having a professionally managed laundry room offers the convenience of having your laundry services completely taken care of – from selecting the right machines to ongoing maintenance and repairs.
    3. It will keep you up-to-date with technology.
      There is a tremendous opportunity for property owners to stay on the forefront of new and emerging technology to ensure that the laundry experience is the best it can possibly be. With advancements such as mobile pay technologies, remote laundry monitoring that sends text alerts to residents when their laundry is done or when a machine becomes available, and an app that provides customers with a convenient way to report a problem with a machine, a laundry management service makes it easy to incorporate technology into your laundry offerings.
    4. It will provide peace of mind.
      Unfortunately, crime in laundry rooms is not uncommon and can leave you with the cost and hassle of repairing or replacing equipment. Smart laundry room management services provide advanced security features and follow strict protocols to deter break-ins, theft and vandalism.
    5. It will boost resident satisfaction and retention.
      Residents who are treated right and have what they need in their rental – including clean, well-managed and advanced laundry facilities – are happier and less likely to search for a new apartment. This means less turnover and more profit for the bottom line. The right apartment laundry vendor can not only provide the essentials, but can provide consultations and recommendations on industry trends – such as mobile payment, convenience features and laundry loyalty programs.

     

    Providing excellent service for more than 70 years, WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems allows you to retain control of your apartment’s laundry facilities while eliminating service and maintenance hassles while earning money. As a dynamic, multi-national business, WASH provides the latest technologies to maximize resident satisfaction and customer profit. To learn more, visit http://www.washlaundry.com/.

  11. Broken Washer? WASH Has an App for That

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    WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems has devised a mobile app that allows users to easily report machine problems in WASH laundry rooms.

     

    With the FIXLAUNDRY mobile app, available for iPhone, Windows and Android phones, and a specially formatted mobile site, www.fixlaundry.com, requesting repairs can be done immediately online right from your smartphone or tablet.

     

    With this convenient way to report problems, washers and dryers can get back up and running sooner. And, there is no waiting for regular business hours to make a report. The site operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

     

    The FIXLAUNDRY app is part of WASH’s ongoing commitment to superior service and convenience. Coupled with strict service protocols, the app means that WASH typically can have a trained service technician out to fix a machine within 12 business hours or less.

     

  12. 10 Tips for Designing Your Shared Laundry Room

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    If you’re planning new construction or renovations to your multifamily property, don’t forget the importance of good laundry room design.

     

    Studies show that a convenient and well-maintained shared laundry room is a must for resident satisfaction and retention. Effective design makes the laundry room a true amenity and doing laundry less of a chore for your residents.

     

    WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems offers these 10 tips for good laundry room design.

     

    1. Dryers — Start with dryer location when developing room layout. Dryers should be situated on an outside wall whenever possible for most efficient venting. Walls behind dryers must meet required fire ratings.
    2. Washers — In large facilities, washers and dryers may be arranged in banks or clusters. Smaller rooms should be arranged in 2 x 2 or 4 x 4 groupings.
    3. Seating — Adequate seating should be provided, especially when the predominant resident profile is senior citizens.
    4. Folding Area — A minimum of six square feet (2’ x 3’) of table top space is needed for one user to fold clothes. The greater the number of dryers in a room, the greater the need for folding space. It is better to have too much folding space than too little. Plan accordingly.
    5. Floor and Drainage — Always use concrete with a troweled finish and sloped toward the floor drain.
    6. Security — Laundry rooms should be designed to eliminate personal danger. This includes planning entry ways on main traffic patterns along with using glass walls or panels, when possible, to provide total visibility and eliminate screened areas.
    7. Water Heater — Should be placed near washers and protected by proper fire-rated walls.
    8. Lighting — Energy efficient or fluorescent lighting is recommended. Rooms should be well illuminated with fixture selection suitable to room size.
    9. Sinks — While not required, you may want to consider including them in your layout. Be sure to design to provide for occasional overflowing from misuse.
    10. Passage/Service Space — Provide ample room for passage around equipment and furnishings. Always allow adequate room for machines to be serviced.

     

    In addition to the basics, put some thought into the bells and whistles of your laundry room design. Would your residents appreciate a flat screen wall mounted TV and/or free Internet access? What about a reading nook with a small library of books? Also consider including card payment options so residents won’t need to search for quarters every time they do laundry.